Through the efficient use of resources, Svedbergs Group aims to contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals 9 and 12 – sustainable industry, innovation and infrastructure, and sustainable consumption and production.
Efficient use of energy, water and raw materials is a priority for the Svedberg Group. Our goal is for all energy consumption within the Group to be renewable by 2025. We also work continuously to reduce the amount of waste in production.
Energy and water consumption
From 2019, all electricity purchased for the plants in Sweden will come from renewable energy. The production plant in Dalstorp is heated with district heat produced from bark residues and dry wood chips from a local sawmill. The production plant in Laholm is heated with biogas.
A dedicated Energy Group was set up in 2020 to oversee the work, ensure compliance with the Action Plan and monitor the initiatives and impact of the activities.
Waste management and spillage
The Group’s waste consists mainly of wood waste from production. The ambition is to reduce the generation of combustible waste and minimise waste throughout the manufacturing process, for example by increasing the proportion of materials that can be recycled and reused. All recyclable materials and waste are sorted out and the facilities are equipped with waste containers and recycling bins for handling. The target is to reduce the amount of combustible waste in relation to net turnover by 20% from 2018 to 2025. No waste is sent to landfill.
Materials and chemicals
As part of its product development, Svedbergs Group continuously evaluates and develops the choices of raw materials used in its products. What the products are made of is key to quality, safety and sustainability. Internal documentation exists on substances that should not be used. The Group complies with the EU chemicals regulation REACH.
The health and safety policy regulates the handling of hazardous substances and chemicals in production. New chemicals and articles are checked before use in production. Chemicals and goods are then continuously checked to ensure continued quality. This ensures that no harmful, unauthorised or unnecessary substances are used in production and that new and better alternatives for material use replace those that do not meet the same high sustainability standards.